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Staff Profile

Richard Behles, MS

Richard J. Behles, MS

Historical Librarian/Preservation Off.

Current Role at UMB

As Historical Librarian/Preservation Officer, I manage the Library’s Historical and Special Collections.  This includes our several collections of historical/rare books, and also sources documenting the history of the University of Maryland Baltimore campus. My principal activities involve functioning as the Archivist for the UMB campus, providing historical information about the institution to researchers on campus, nationally, and internationally.


Bachelor of Arts, Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland (1973)

Master of Science, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1976)

Rare Book Cataloging – Rare Book School, University of Virginia, Summer 1993

Publishers Bookbindings, 1830-1910 – Rare Book School, University of Virginia, Summer 1994

Introduction to the Curatorship of Historical Health Sciences Collections -- Rare Book School, University of Virginia, Summer 1996

Type, Lettering, and Calligraphy, 1450-1830 – Rare Book School, University of Virginia, Summer 1997

Professional Affiliations / Activities

Author, “John Crawford, 1746-1813” – Dictionary of Early American Philosophers (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2012)

Moderator, CADUCEUS-L -- international discussion list for the history of medicine

Member, University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Archivists Community

Member, Maryland History and Culture Collaborative


Honors and Awards

HSHSL Library’s Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service